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Eros (2004)


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 44

Critics Consensus: Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 6,022


Movie Info

Three of the world's most gifted filmmakers offer their own unique perspectives on love and lust in this omnibus film. The initial episode, "The Hand," was directed by Wong Kar-Wai, and tells the story of Zhang (Chang Chen), a young, virginal dressmaker's assistant who finds it difficult to control his desire when he is sent to the home of Hua (Gong Li), a beautiful and refined prostitute, for a fitting. Steven Soderbergh directed the film's second story, "Equilibrium," in which Nick Penrose … More

R (for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language)
Drama , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Kar-Wai Wong , Steven Soderbergh , Tonino Guerra
In Theaters:
Feb 7, 2006
Box Office:
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Eros

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (44) | DVD (6)

I guess one out of three ain't bad.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Three smart filmmakers produce three whiffs on the theme of love.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European Red Shoe Diaries.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It is fairly melancholy news that the works of two of Antonioni's admirers outshine the master's segment.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Eros comes nowhere near meeting the challenge of its title when compared to the increasingly lewd standards of our current cinema.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

There's one good movie in here, sure. But unfortunately, it's over after the first 43 minutes.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The rain still drips like tears in Wong's faintly lit alleyways, the paint in his narrow corridors continues to peel, the floral-print curtains in his '60s drawing rooms still billow in the breeze--but the colors have faded...

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

The chatter in the lobby, I predict, will be from people wondering how and when [Antonioni] flipped his lid... The film is a failure, no matter how grandiose its title or the names above it.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Paste Magazine

Three directors combine short films to form a triptych about love. The problem? The connections are tenuous at best. These are really three films marketed as sharing a theme.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Three is a crowd, and Wong and Soderbergh would have got along just fine without Antonioni there to wreck the marriage.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

If there's a point to any of this, it's the supposedly therapeutic revelation that major female mystery lies in what you can discover by rifling through her purse.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Long Island Press

Anthologies by their inherent nature tend to be highly uneven. And Eros proves no exception, with the individual sections ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Full Review… | October 10, 2006

An excruciating festival of middlebrow good taste.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006

An intriguing but ultimately frustrating triptych.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

All three short films were minor works.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Feels like an experiment that you'd be happy to catch during a film festival ... right before you nodded off for a solid 90-minute catnap.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006
DVD Clinic

Eros demeure une expérience réussie en son genre, même si aucun des cinéastes invités ne réussit réellement à repousser les limites de son propre cinéma

Full Review… | February 9, 2006

confoundingly horrendous

Full Review… | January 17, 2006

A trio of films by Antonioni and two other directors dealing with the subject of sexual fantasy and obsession.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005

No matter what caliber of talent is on board, omnibus anthology pictures are almost doomed to be uneven affairs.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

Eros aims high. But aside from Wong Kar-Wai's effectively compressed erotic musings, it falls short.

Full Review… | June 15, 2005

At least the editor had the good sense to place Antonioni's film at the end, allowing you to walk out without having to see a cinematic great in pathetic decline

Full Review… | May 11, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Eros

Both Steven Soderbergh's and Michaelangelo Antonioni's segments are very interesting and for the most part flawless, but I really wasn't taken with Kar Wai Wong's. The first segment is just so repetative and drawn out for no reason, especially when the love story isn't even powerful. However, Robert Downey Jr. and Alan Arkin make up for it ten fold in a truly funny and powerful therapist session. I liked the b&w vs. color transition, it made the story feel all the more dreamlike. The relationship analysis in Antonioni's final segment is really a unique type of film making. It's not simplistic in its message, but the minimalistic visuals really put you in a unique mood.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


The Hand & The Equilibrium were good, But I didn't like Antonioni's The Dangerous Thread Of Things

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


The only thing that brings the film down is Antonioni's very weak segment.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Eros" is a collection of three short languid films by three noted directors:[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1. Wong Kar Wai's "The Hand" is about the relationship between a tailor(Chang Chen) and a prostitute(Gong Li). And it might have worked if Wong Kar Wai had stopped with their first meeting, but errs by trying to shoehorn their entire relationshp into the short running time.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2. Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is about an ad executive(Robert Downey Jr) talking to a psychologist(Alan Arkin) about a recurring dream. A nice setup, fabulous performances, great black and white cinematography all go to waste by the time it implodes at the end.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]3. Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Dangerous Side of Things" is about a bickering couple(Christopher Buchholz & Regina Nemni) going to a restaurant...and that's pretty much it.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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